|Top Division III Matchups|
Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. ET: Kean Cougars at No. 11 Cortland State Red Dragons
Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. ET: Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops at No. 20 Wabash Little Giants
Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET: Otterbein Cardinals at No. 12 Ohio Northern Polar Bears
Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. ET: Pacific Lutheran Lutes at No. 19 Cal Lutheran Kingsmen
Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET: No. 7 Wheaton (Ill.) Thunder at UW-Platteville Pioneers
|Watch Them Now|
15 Garrett Meador
Key Notes: In the Thunders’ season opener Saturday, Meador threw for 300 yards and six TDs as Wheaton rolled to a 54-34 victory. He completed 23 of 31 passes and also rushed for 57 yards. Meador’s six touchdown passes — to six different receivers — tied the school single-game mark and helped him earn Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player-of-the-Week honors. He currently leads the country in points responsible for and sixth in total offense.
Other Players to Watch this Week: Josh Carter, Springfield (Sr., QB); Shane Centers, Otterbein (Sr., LB); Michael Cooper, Wittenberg (Jr., WR); Sam Cox, McDaniel (Sr., DL); Alex Garvey, Illinois Wesleyan (So., WR/P); Trevor Kinnett, Dubuque (So., DB); Joe Rollins, McDaniel (So., RB).
|Keep Your Eyes on This|
• Kean led four teams entering the D3football.com poll for the first time this year as the Cougars opened the season with an upset against then-No. 3 Wesley. Kean won 31-28 as freshman Derek Clark forced a fumble on the Wolves’ last possession of the game. Also joining Kean in the top 25 this week were Hampden-Sydney (No. 23), Salisbury (No. 24) and Delaware Valley (No. 25).
• Hampden-Sydney jumped into the rankings this week after WR Kyle Vance put up record numbers last week. He had 11 catches for 170 yards and four TDs. The 11 catches rank eighth nationally this year for single-game performances. Adam Kniffin of Puget Sound leads the country with the top effort, catching 16 passes for 114 yards and two scores last weekend.
• Bethel, which moved up to No. 5 this week after a dominating 48-0 performance against Concordia-Wisconsin last week, starts a two-game home stand this weekend against Carleton. The Royals are among the top rushing teams in the nation (fourth) after eight rushers combined for 291 yards last week, with only one receiving more than nine carries. Jesse Phenow had seven carries for 56 yards but scored three rushing touchdowns in the easy win. Phenow became the third Royal to top 100 yards this year, as Bethel heads into this weekend’s matchup averaging 350.0 rushing yards per game.
• Maine Maritime looks to keep its strong start going this weekend when it plays Mass.-Dartmouth. The Mariners will rely on RB Ian Champeon and CB Alex Hermes, who had stellar openers last weekend. Champeon ranks third nationally in rushing after posting 206 yards on 17 carries, and is one of only three DIII players averaging at least 200 yards per game. Hermes is tied for the national lead with two interceptions, including returns of 46 yards.
• UW-Stevens Point’s Jered Fohrman may be using this off week to rest his leg before facing Albion on Sept. 24. Last week against UW-Platteville, Fohrman scored the Pointers’ lone points in a 26-3 setback in the Spud Bowl when he booted a 51-yard field goal. The kick is the second-longest in Division III this year, trailing only a 52-yarder by Texas Lutheran’s Allen Cain in the opening weekend.
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